THEIR RELATIONSHIP WENT SOUR JUST BEFORE THEIR FILM JAB WE MET (2007) RELEASED AND EVEN TOOK A TOLL ON THEIR NEXT PROJECT MILENGE MILENGE (2010) AS THEY REFUSED TO PROMOTE IT TOGETHER. NOW NINE YEARS LATER, BEBO AND SASHA CAME FACE-TO-FACE. THE DUO SHARED THE STAGE AT THE TRAILER LAUNCH OF THEIR UPCOMING FILM, UDTA PUNJAB
Ever since their split in 2007, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Shahid Kapoor have played the avoidance game. The former flames made sure they never crossed each other’s paths and even when they found themselves under the same roof, maintained a distance.Their relationship went sour just before their film Jab We Met (2007) released and even took a toll on their next project Milenge Milenge (2010) as they refused to promote it together. Now nine years later, Bebo and Sasha came face-to-face. The duo shared the stage at the trailer launch of their upcoming film, Udta Punjab, held on Saturday night at a multiplex in Andheri. They do not share scenes in Abhishek Chaubey’s film on the drugs menace in Punjab, but they had to share the dais for the promotions. The two refused to stand side-by-side, so it was left to co-star Alia Bhatt to be in between them.From their body language, it was clear they were uncomfortable and the awkwardness showed. Sasha even avoided looking in his ex’s direction. And when Bebo appeared uneasy, she did what she does best – fiddle with her tresses or pout for the shutterbugs. While talking about his character in the film, Shahid who essays a rockstar addicted to drugs, explained how he had to step out of his comfort zone as he does not even touch alcohol off-screen. This made Bebo give a ‘now don’t I know this expression’ which was highly amusing.When the two were asked if they would ever be a second coming of their 2007 film Jab We Met, a blushing Bebo quipped, “That’s for Imtiaz (Ali, the film’s director) to answer no, Shahid.” While he retorted, “If Imtiaz Ali was to make it, he would have by now. Imtiaz has moved on.” Bebo then said if the audience wanted to see them together, the DVD of the film was always there for them.
About not sharing screen space in Udta Punjab, Sasha said, “So you are asking, are we happy or unhappy about something that has not happened?” Towards the end, when photographers requested that the two pose together, Kareena and Shahid stood away from each other and called Alia to come in between them again.
Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor Khan may have moved on and Bebo’s hubby Saif Ali Khan is even acting with Shahid in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Rangoon, but coming face-to-face with your ex ain’t easy and the two just made it apparent.
2015 Kashmir Despatch